WARREN, Pa. – Nonprofit organization Can’d Aid is partnering with Power Your People fundraiser Eric Webber, the Warren County Chamber of Business and Industry, and volunteers who will build 120 bikes on Sunday, May 21, at Kinzua Beach.
The bikes will be donated on May 22 to first grad students in Warren County. For many of the children receiving a donation, this will be their very first bike – providing a valuable opportunity to get outside and active.
“They come disassembled, so we will be assembling them,” WCCBI’s Savannah Casey said during Your Daily Local’s Coffee & a Conversation. “Can’d Aid will bring in the bikes, people, and personnel that will make it happen.”
The Bike Build will also feature a catered lunch courtesy of Docksider’s Café, and will conclude with an organized ride along the Trails at Jakes Rocks.
This is the second bike build and donation Can’d Aid has run and, according to a release, Webber’s fundraising efforts resulted in twice the amount of bikes being donated this year.
“Eric runs the Frigid Frolic, an event that started as an idea to get people outside riding bikes, then became a way for people to try something different – like riding in not-so-ideal conditions,” the release read. “But it’s always been about getting outside and either finding–or rediscovering–the love of cycling!”
The build will include more than just bikes, as each bike will also come with a care package.
“Care packages include a helmet and a book donated by Warren Public Library,” Casey said. “PNC Bank donated some things as well.”
Once the bikes and care packages are assembled, they will be taken to the Warren County Career Center where 120 first graders will receive the bikes and be treated to a special show.
“They’re going to bus the 120 kids to someplace central,” Casey said. “We have a couple of high-profile guys coming to do some demos. Each kid is getting fitted with their bike and fitted with their helmet.”
Three-time national champion and Bunny Hop world record holder Jeff Lenosky will provide a demonstration for the kids.
Anyone interested in helping build bikes or put together care packages should meet at Kinzua Beach at 9 a.m. Sunday.